Following his hugely successful Blue Print EP, Dr. Ozi shares his best work with fans on the his most diverse project to date, Vital on Never Say Die Records. With each release to add to his massive plate of bangers, Dr. Ozi has proved time and time again he’s a name to watch out for. The Toronto native, Nix Chohan, has put the pedal to the metal since his humble beginnings in the bass music arena and has made an undeniable imprint in the genre with his unique approach to bass music. Vital pushes his creative direction even further.
To add to his countless accomplishments, Dr. Ozi is joining MUST DIE! and LAXX on the Hyper Future North American Tour this spring. Ahead of the full release of his Vital EP—out now—he caught up with Team Bassrush. You can also add the whole EP to your Spotify library here!
Let’s start at the beginning, how did you get into producing?
As a kid, I was very hands-on with everything. I liked creating things. I discovered FL Studio, downloaded a demo version of it, and just fooled around with it—nothing serious. Eventually I started making 4- to 7-minute long songs. Later on, I switched to Logic, and then finally ended up using Ableton. I spent countless nights on YouTube and forums trying to learn everything about how to make one single kick. I researched every detail I could about vowels and the Fletcher Munson Curve. By age 21, I had a really good grasp of sound design but I’m still constantly learning new things every day. Production is such a trial and error thing. The more mistakes you make, the more you learn.
When did you realize this is something you wanted to do as a full-time career? What keeps you motivated to continue pursuing this career and growing as an artist?
I think it was when I played in Paris with Excision, Getter, Trollphace, and Aweminus. It was my first time ever using CDJs. I’m not going to lie, I was shitting my pants, but I managed to make it through alive. I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that this is a career. I still don’t feel like it is. I’ve always loved making music, and I couldn’t be more grateful that it worked out as a career for me. I’m just making music according to how I feel.
How did you come up with your name?!
Well, Ozi was a figment of my imagination as a kid, and the Dr. part was basically because my parents really wanted me to become a doctor.
What’s your favorite part of being an artist in this industry?
My favorite part is being recognized by my fans as an artist. I love when people truly appreciate my work.
This EP is pretty diverse, and some of your best work to date. Tell us a little bit about your writing process with this project.
This has pretty much been one of the longest processes. I had sent a new batch of songs to Never Say Die right after my last EP, Blue Print. Soon after that, I went through a pretty rough patch in my life and was motivated to stay in my studio for hours on end. This EP has gone through multiple studios and clubs to make sure they sound their best. And by that, I mean I was finishing the masters in India while I was attending a wedding recently.
What are you hoping fans take away from this project?
Refreshment that my music is always going to make them feel something different each beat. But hopefully joy.
Do you have a favorite track?
That’s hard to choose. I think all of them are amazing, but if I had to choose one, I guess it would be “BLT” because it seems like a very crowd pleasing song.
Do you ever deal with writer’s block? If so, how do you power through it?
Oh, I deal with it all the time. It’s a very frustrating problem for anyone who tries to make music daily. I have experienced such bad writer’s block before that it’s made me fall into depression. But in reality, it’s just a sign that you need to step away from the laptop for a while, and take a breather from the digital world. Go outside and socialize, go for a drive, call a friend, watch a movie—whatever recharges your mind!
Do you have any big plans in the works you can share with us?
As of right now, I am trying to stamp my mark on as many venues as I can. I just really want to show everyone what I’ve got, so a lot of touring is going to happen. But one thing is for sure, I have been working with a lot of friends on music lately…but that’s for later.
Any special shouts before we go?
A huge shout out to Never Say Die for trusting and believing in my music, and of course a shout out to my fans.